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SHEFFIELD has commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. Yet to date, I have been unable to trace any information as to what the intentions are of Doncaster Council to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World War II Balby air raid.

This took place on May 9, 1941 when a German parachute mine killed 16 people, including my teenage uncles Arthur and Alfred Nortrop.

Also, my grandparents John and Alice were among the other 73 people injured.

I was eight-years-old at the time, and a pupil at Woodfield Junior School, which was damaged by the bomb blast, hence my interest in this matter.

I acknowledge that Doncaster council is going through a difficult period financially, but this anniversary could be deemed to be sufficiently significant to merit special treatment. Thirteen homes were blown up, 414 other houses and a hospital were damaged and 19 houses had to be demolished. Only 38 minutes separated the air raid on Balby from an earlier bombing, killng two people and injuring five others in Bessacarr at 11.40pm on May 8.

A memorial service would be appropriate, as would projects engaging local schools and the Doncaster library service.

Mr Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, showed his respect for those killed during enemy action at Balby when he visited the victims’ graves at Rose Hill Cemetery, Cantley in October, 2010 to promote the annual Poppy Appeal on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

Mrs Margery White, Cantley, Doncaster